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Sunday, September 25, 2005 In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Richard in Fullerton - do I need an AV on both computers? Jim in Gilbert, AZ - Software and hardware firewalls Ryan in Los Angeles - designing your first web site Donald in Palm City, FL - Mac antiviruses Noon-1p Kelly in Anaheim - recovering deleted partitions Jeremy in Foothill Ranch - copying songs from iPod in Windows Mark in Santa Ana - Firefox keeps asking me for a floppy Delores in Apple Valley - Quicken can’t read my...
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Saturday, October 1, 2005 In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Scott on the 405 - Component HD to laptop display John in Santa Monica - removing keystroke loggers Mark in Maryland - do it yourself Internet TV Noon-1p Trisha in Santa Barbara - installing an anti-virus Bill in Laguna Beach - spyware infestation James in Tuscon AZ - securing truckstop Wi-Fi Ryan in Boring, OR - Installing Linux 1-2p Don in Northridge - faxes aren’t reliable Tony in Upland - Backdoor.Trojan Bill in Helena, AL...
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Sunday, January 16, 2005 Show #110 On this page… 1  Today’s news items 2  Mike_B’s trivia question of the day 3  11a-Noon 3.1  Mike in West Hills - Better audio CD burning software 3.2  Roy in San Bernardino - custom ring tones 3.3  Michael in NY - scanning negatives with his Epson 4180 4  Noon-1p 4.1  John in Tustin - how do you know if Windows updates are installing? 4.2  David on the 86 - looking for free registry cleaner 4.3  Byron in Ventura - iPhoto problems...
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Sunday, January 2, 2005 Show #106 Today: a look ahead at tech in 2005. VoIP will become more common in the home, and explode in business Viruses and spyware will get worse before they get better Spam will decline as email authentication takes off The Motion Picture Industry will expand direct distribution online Online music sales will match CD sales Biotech advances will create major uproars Still no flying cars, but hybrids will become much more common Your thoughts? Mike_B thinks 2005 will...
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Sunday, May 8, 2005 Show #142 toc | toc The Mac Gathering is next week in North Hollywood. Get a special listener discount on tickets at their web site . Today’s news items Why are IQs in the industrialized nations consistently getting higher? Some say it’s because of video games . The PDA isn’t dead yet, and the Blackberry is leading the pack . A new Sober virus variant is spreading like wildfire - and we thought people knew better than to click on attachments WiMax long range wireless...
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Saturday, July 30, 2005 Show #165 If you can’t listen to the show live you can get the podcast version free one week after the air date. Visit the Audio Archivesor , if you use iTunes 4.9 or later, click the iTunes button to receive new shows automatically. In honor of Defcon 13: The NSA’s guides to securing any OS (Thanks for the link Tom!) My new book is out on Monday! toc | toc Today’s news items Defcon - the annual hacker conference started yesterday in Las Vegas accompanied by the...
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Saturday, July 31, 2004 Show #61 It’s the weekend! Time to talk tech! 1–800–520–1KFI. I’ll be taking more calls on Sunday after the show. We’re pre-recording shows for August 15 and 21. Sunday from 3–4:30p is a good time to call if you’ve had trouble getting through during the live show. Welcome to the Wiki version of the show notes! Listen to the show for the edit password. The ultimate Wiki is Wikipedia . toc | toc Today’s news items Microsoft finally released a patch for...
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Sunday, May 22, 2005 Show #146 toc | toc Today’s news items 11a-Noon Zack in Santa Monica - wireless networking WDS Clark in Joshua Tree - modem install problems Modem died and he can’t get any internal or external modems working Helen in Costa Mesa - erasing Nancy in York, PA - AOL keeps disconnecting Upgrade to the latest AOL software Noon-1p Christian in Dover - WiMax Line of sight? Mark in Santa Ana - bootable Linux I like SuSE Knoppix Mame Linux’s Pal, writes - SimplyMEPHIS Linux...
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Saturday, August 13, 2005 Show #169 toc | toc Today’s news items Are you being a jerk on the phone? Answering mail or watching TV while your spouse drones on? An MIT researcher has created a device he calls the Jerk-o-Meter that monitors your attention and warns you when you’re drifting off. Intel has announced it will show its next generation of processors (the first in five years) August 23 and will begin shipping the chips in the second half of 2006. The company is expected to focus on a...
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Sunday, October 24, 2004 Show #86 Software offer: X1 has kindly offered my listeners a discount coupon for their excellent PC search software. It’s free to try for 30-days. $49.95 to buy with the discount. https://www.x1.com/cart/?discount=KTVH5 toc | toc Today’s news items Bush and Kerry have both answered a 12 topic questionnaire from the Computer Technology Industry Association. Bush (or, more likely, his staff) responded to each question with detailed, thoughtful answers that showed,...
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Saturday, October 23, 2004 Show #85 On this page… Today’s news items Computer trivia question of the day Noon-1p Christa in San Diego - XP system is slow to boot John in Lake Forest - added second drive, can he boot with it? Jeff in Thousand Oaks - Thinkpad won’t boot 1-2p Dave in LA - How to extend the range of his Wi-Fi enabled laptop Arthur in Michigan - Can’t set background color in IE after SP-2 Kristi in Irvine - Service Pack 2 on Windows 2000 Andy in Norwalk - AOL’s Spyware...
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Saturday, September 10, 2005 Show #177 I’ll be live from Alhambra on Saturday, 9/17 during the LA Department of Public Works E-Waste Roundup. Join me as I do the radio show from 11a-2p. Details at 888CleanLA.com . In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Paul in Glendale - Adding memory to a PC Pat in Laguna Beach - what happened to Photosuite? Mark in Santa Ana - Nod32 vs Panda as an antispyware Rick in Anaheim - slipstreaming SP-2 into an XP install disc Noon-1p New TV Technologies?...
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Sunday, October 17, 2004 Show #84 Tomorrow is the last day for Californians to register to vote in the presidential election. Make sure to register by Monday, and vote on November 2! bruceb sez: Deadlines for other states can be found here . Once again, for the last time, I’ll be keeping the lines open after 3p today. We’re taping ahead and I need your help! Call in 1–800–520–1KFI from 3–4p today after I get off the air. I’ll be answering calls until around 4:30pm. Today in the...
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Saturday, August 20, 2005 Show #171 toc | toc Today’s news items The Zotob worm plagues CNN, ABC, and the New York Times. One third of businesses say it’s Microsoft’s fault . A listener writes: Leo, re the “worm” : our societal mindset seems skewed these days: when a robber breaks into and steals from a bank, we blame the bank for not having enough security. When someone kills another, we blame the gun manufacturer (funny we don’t blame the knife manufacturer, or the poison...
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Saturday, April 9, 2005 Show #133 Still on vacation in France - but the show must go on with all new calls (recorded earlier). toc | toc Today’s news items 11a-Noon Steve in Virginia – use undo Can Eddie (caller from previous show)use the Undo function of the reg file? Yes, and Windows has a built-in System Restore. Ray in Redlands – external DVD Can he burn a DVD from his PC to his external DVD burner? Yes, if you have a firewire connection on your external drive and software like Nero....
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Sunday, April 3, 2005 Show #132 Still on vacation in France - but the show must go on with all new calls (recorded earlier), toc | toc Today’s news items only add exclamation points for the headlines 11a-Noon (this hour is 20050403–2.mp3 below) Hugh in Los Angeles – difference between LCDs What are the differences between a television LCD and a computer LCD? Can he use a television LCD display for his computer? The main difference is that the LCD for television use must have a tuner. The...
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Sunday, September 18, 2005 In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Al in Seal Beach - My router doesn’t block pings Joe in Sebastapol - Putting the boot drive on an external disc Christian in Paris, TN - Frontpage crashed when he tries to create a link Dean in Yorba Linda - if I have a router do I need Windows firewall Noon-1p Jerry in La Crescenta - How can you make Windows as secure as a Mac? Daniel in La Jolla - podcast hosting suggestions? Matt in Overland, KS - Amiga to Mac Drew in...
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Saturday, July 10, 2004 Show #55 I can’t drive 55! All the audio from previous shows, including last week, is now up. Thanks for your patience. International Sysadmin Day is July 30. We’ll talk gifts for your favorite System Administrator with Jen Frazier of ThinkGeek in the 2p hour today. But all the rest of the show is yours! Call 1–800–520–1534 with your questions, comments, suggestions from noon-3p Pacific today and every weekend. toc | toc Our top news stories from this week: If...
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Saturday, October 2, 2004 Show #79 toc | toc Today’s news items More problems with the Windows GDI+ graphics library flaw. An AIM message is spreading pointing people to a web site that displays JPEG images with embedded viruses. When viewed with an unpatched version of Windows, the JPEG embeds a program on the user’s system that spreads the virus and puts a backdoor on the system. Anti-viruses will not detect the infection. Meanwhile security expert Tom Liston says Microsoft’s scanner is...
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Saturday, September 3, 2005 Show #175 toc | toc I’ll be live from Alhambra on Saturday, 9/17 during the LA Department of Public Works E-Waste Roundup. Join me as I do the radio show from 11a-2p. Details at 888CleanLA.com . Today’s news items Katrina coverage today. There’s an excellent Katrina wiki that contains news and other resources. DirectNIC’s blog from the scene in New Orleans makes dramatic reading. Katrina Relief Information for those people in Utah who want to help. Details at...
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Saturday, March 6, 2004 Show 19 I’m broadcasting from the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort this weekend then it’s off to New York to appear on Live with Regis and Kelly on Tuesday morning. I’ll have to update show notes when I get back. Stay tuned! We’ve been talking about security and the Internet rumors that $20 bill contains RFID tags. Prison Planet.com says they know this because the RFID Tags explode when you try to microwave a $20 bill . We haven’t had much like trying this on our...
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Sunday, November 6, 2005 In this show… 11a-Noon Frank in Garden Grove - DVD recorder drive is flaky Mike in Lake Arrowhead - EasyShare is broken Mark in Santa Ana - will iPhantom mess up my spam filtering Jason in San Luis Obispo - recording TV from a digital cable box Noon-1p Jim in Rialto - loan officer buying a laptop Peter in Marina del Rey - buying an external hard drive James in Amory, Mississippi - Internet Explorer script errors Harold in Santa Barbara - publicizing your podcast 1-2p...
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Sunday, December 5, 2004 Show #98 Broadcasting live from the studios of Newstalk 1010 CFRB in Toronto this weekend. I will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly Monday at around 9:40a. You can see a list of all the things I showed with prices and links right here ? ! Looks like I’ll be doing the radio show live from Los Angeles December 18–19. Stay tuned for details! Andy Walker , Amber MacArthur , and Mikey Lazazzera from Call for Help Canada join me in studio for the first hour. toc | toc...
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Sunday, February 15, 2004 Show 14 Coming up in the 1p hour, Robin Liss from CamcorderInfo.com to talk about the latest products from the Photo Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas. Plus - for the next three weeks I’ll be doing an extra hour from 3–4p. We’re taping calls for later airing, so if you’ve had trouble getting in before, try between 3 and 4p for the next three Sundays! 1–800–520–1534. Jim in Oxnard - wants to know the best way to backup his hard drive. For a complete...
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Sunday, July 4, 2004 Show #54 Happy 4th of July. I’m live today, so celebrate your independence from bad technology by calling 1–800–520–1KFI, and let the fireworks begin! toc | toc Noon-1p Jay in Fullerton has a new baby on the way. That means it’s time for a new camcorder. I recommend the Panasonic PVDV-53 , but read the reviews at CamcorderInfo for more excellent choices. Gail in Pennsylvania wants to copy her DVDs to her laptop for her next plane flight. It should extend the...
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Sunday, August 22, 2004 Show #68 I’m back live! Call 1–800–520–1KFI to join the fun! toc | toc Today’s news items According to the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals , Grokster and StreamCast can’t be held liable for pirated movies and music on their networks. The judges upheld a lower court ruling that threw out lawsuits brought by movie studios and music labels because Grokster and StreamCast don’t have central servers pointing users to copyrighted material, unlike Napster....
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Sunday, August 1, 2004 Show #62 I’ll be working an extra hour or so, taking your calls from 3–5p this afternoon. Keep calling after the show goes off the air: 1–800–520–1KFI . toc | toc Today’s news items Holy Spider Bite. The PC version of Spiderman 2 is significantly inferior to the game console versions, but Activision is using the same packaging, causing some gamers to cry foul. Get ready to spend some bucks - Doom III arrives August 3. Read HardOCP's Doom III hardware guide to...
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Sunday, February 13, 2005 Show #118 It’s the (day before) Valentine’s Day edition! toc | toc Today’s news items Watch out Intel and AMD. Forget the G5. IBM, Sony and Toshiba unveiled details Monday of a new microprocessor that contains the equivalent of eight CPU cores around a central coordinating core based on PowerPC. The Cell processor, in development since 2001, starts at over 4 gigahertz, has nearly twice the transistors of the Pentium 4 and can deliver 10 times the performance....
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Sunday, October 3, 2004 Show #80 I’ll be keeping the lines open after 3p today. We’re taping ahead and I need your help! Call in 1–800–520–1KFI from 3–4p today after I get off the air. I’ll be answering calls until around 4:30 toc | toc Today’s news items People are already lining up at the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center to see tomorrow’s historic launch. SpaceshipOne goes up at dawn in an attempt to win the Ansari X-Prize. If you’re on your way (or already there)...
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Sunday, June 13, 2004 Show #48 Tune in, call in (1–800–520–1KFI), and talk tech with me noon to 3p today. toc | toc Noon-1p Sue in Victorville is buying a laptop. She wants to know if she should buy used? I’m not a fan of used computers, especially laptops since they can get banged around a bit. I do recommend refurbished machines. Dell , for example, has great deals on machines that were returned barely used. They can’t be sold as new but they’re every bit as good as new. This is...
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Saturday, April 30, 2005 Show #139 toc | toc Matt Hartley writes: Today Linuxfest Northwest will be streaming exclusive presentations from Google, Real Networks, and IBM among others. Broadcasts for the day include Chuck Gray of IBM at 11:30am and Chris DiBona of Google at 1pm PST. There will be continuous streaming video with sound throughout the day, but those are the ‘must watch’ streams at this point. The streaming links will appear on the Linuxfest site at some point today or tomorrow....
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Saturday, August 14, 2004 Show #65 Give me a ring with your question, comment, or suggestion. 1–800–520–1534. If it has a chip in it we’ll talk about it - and there are no dumb questions! Have you installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 yet? Share your experiences good and bad on the show today. Or vote in our poll : How has the install of Service Pack 2 gone for you? On this page… Today’s news items Noon-1p Rhonda in Redlands - notebook or desktop? Cynthia in Midway City - protecting a...
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Sunday, June 27, 2004 Show #52 Sunday services begin at noon. On this page… Noon-1p Carol in Long Beach Taymar in Los Angeles Greg in Paramount 1-2p Cliff in Redlands Rick in Temeculah Mary in Glendale Sue in Vista Hi in Moreno Valley Gina in Phelan 2-3p Terry in Lompoc Ryan in Placentia Chat Logs and Show Audio Noon-1p Carol in Long Beach was helping a friend set up her new computer. By the time they got around to installing an anti-virus it was infected with 53 viruses and spyware programs....
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Saturday, August 7, 2004 Show #63 Happy Saturday, and welcome to the Wiki!! I’m giving away passes to the incredible DLExpo this weekend. toc | toc Noon-1p James in Riverside: what’s the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R? None worth mentioning. Read up on the differences in the DVD Demysitifed FAQ . I recommend buying a drive that does both, then trying both in the DVD players you’ll use most, just to see which works best for you. DVD Discs: +R Versus -R Dan adds: “I’ve noticed on my...
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Sunday, April 17, 2005 Show #136 On this page… Today’s news items 11a-Noon Lee in Encino - security settings prevent email Dan in Foxboro, MA - remote desktop for the Mac Joyce in West LA - choosing email addresses Noon-1p Martin in Manhattan - external drives died Rita in Camarillo - laptop died Matt in Santa Barbara - Win 98 is dying Lou in Grenada Hills - XP Service Pack-2 crashed his system 1-2p Bill in Levittown, PA - can’t screen grab DVD video Jenny in Hollywood - looking for...
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Sunday, August 21, 2005 Show #172 toc | toc Today’s news items A riot ensues over $50 ibooks. Microsoft has unveiled pricing for the new XBox 360. $299 for the basic unit. $399 for a tricked out system. Available this fall. The US government asks ICANN to slow down on .XXX djRob says: xxx domain is bad idea because it legitimizes pornography - such action would validate porn as legitimate business activity. If you think that pornography is ordinary business activity then I wander what would...
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Saturday January 1, 2005 Show #105 Happy New Year! My first show of 2005 begins my second year at KFI. Thanks for making this Los Angeles’s #1 high tech talk show! toc | toc The year in review. Tops stories for 2004: Spam continued to be a problem but… Windows viruses and spyware became an epidemic Digital camera became the standard iPod dominated the music scene the RIAA lawsuits continued, but legal music stores began to become the preferred way to buy music The MPAA got into the fray -...
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Sunday, October 2, 2005 In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Zach in West LA - wireless network printing Sam in Sherman Oaks - to buy or not to buy a Mac right now Mike_B in New Jersey - will operating systems become obsolete? Noon-1p Dan in Riverside - advice for switching to Mac Irving in Torrance - XP Problems Brian in Fountain Valley - motherboard suggestions Aaron on the 405 - scanner for dental xrays Richard in Camarillo - sorting the Program menu 1-2p Marissa in Carson - laptop power...
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Sunday, August 8, 2004 Show #64 I’m giving away six more four-packs of tickets to the incredible DLExpo today. On this page… Today’s news items Noon-1p Kevin in Thousand Oaks: transferring 8 and 16mm movies to DVD Katie in Fullerton: stolen laptop - how to backup Dave in Altadena: Tape transfer to DVD Nancy in Pennsylvania: Mysterious sounds on her computer 1-2p Betty Jean in Corona: digitizing negative to make a movie Dan in Huntington Beach: Hacking the OS X Administrator password Larry...
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Saturday, January 8, 2005 Show #107 Please note: the show now begins one hour earlier, 11a-2p. Don’t miss a minute because this weekend we’ll have extensive coverage of all the new stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas! Tune in this weekend for coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show with Patrick Norton, Scott Wilkinson of Ultimate AV Magazine , Robin Liss of CamcorderInfo.com , thebroken.org’s Kevin Rose, Call for Help’s Andy Walker and Amber MacArthur, and many more....
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 Show #56 Sunday, geeky Sunday. Give me a ring at 1–800–520–1KFI. And don’t forget our poll question of the day : Have you ever downloaded a movie? Thanks, as always, to Michael Larsen, without whom today’s show notes would not be possible. toc | toc Noon-1p David in Northridge Wants to upgrade his PC, should he go for a laptop or a desktop? The laptop is more expensive and is not as upgradable, and you should keep that in mind. The notebook is portable, and you...
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Saturday, January 31, 2004 Show 9 Our poll question today: “Will you watch the Super Bowl tomorrow?” Cast your vote on the message boards Emiliano , the Karl T. Rove of KFI, called asking me about a persistant bit of spyware that Ad-aware couldn’t remove. It keeps adding search buttons to his toolbar. I think he might have been bitten by CoolWebSearch aka the CWS Trojan . This is spyware so annoying it gives other spyware a bad name. I recommend trying the CWSShredder removal tool to get...
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Saturday, November 6, 2004 Show #89 I’m flying to Ft. Lauderdale for Mac Mania III - a Geek Cruise with Steve Wozniak, David Pogue, and other luminaries. The next four shows were taped ahead of time, so don’t call in. And listen next week for interviews from the cruise. toc | toc Today’s news items Noon-1p Jeanie in Arcadia bought a Windows 98 disc on eBay Jeanie bought a Windows 98SE disc on eBay and after installation, the computer froze and now she is worried that the disc is not...
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Sunday, March 7, 2004 Show 20 What a day! I’m up in the snow, you’re in the heat down below, but let’s meet in the middle and talk tech! A big study came out this week from Ball State University . They found that people grossly underestimated their use of media, in particular the home computer. People are still swapping music , but these days they’re doing it at work, not at home. The Microsoft codec will be endorsed for the new HD-DVD standard. Carrie from Huntington Beach is looking...
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Saturday, February 12, 2005 Show #117 toc | toc Today’s news items Here are the stories I’ll talk about in the show today. For more tech news visit my blog . Carly Fiorina is out at Hewlett-Packard, saying she quit in a dispute with the board over the future direction of the company. The board’s chair was quoted in the NY Times as saying “These things always seem precipitous when they occur. But the board has been deliberating the company’s performance, and the C.E.O.’s performance,...
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Saturday, November 5, 2005 In this show… Today’s news items 11a-Noon Rosemary in San Marcos - fax software on XP won’t work Kathy in Lancaster - My Documents have disappeared! Renee in Riverside - Notetaking software Justin in North Hollywood - Pentium 4HT vs Pentium M Noon-1p Jonathan in Virginia - podcast bit rates Barbara in San Diego - editing mini-DVDs from the camcorder Steve Gibson on the Sony Rootkit 1-2p Frank in Bakersfield - scanning documents to PDF is slow Maryannne in...
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Sunday, April 11, 2004 Show 30 Happy Easter! Security expert Steve Gibson joins us today in the 2pm hour. Matt in Orange is looking for a good Linux for newbies. I recommend Knoppix - it’s the best for trying Linux out because you don’t have to install it. You can run the Linux from a bootable CD. Then when you know you want to install a copy I recommend SuSE . It’s definitely the nicest Linux out right now. John in Glendale is looking for a screen saver to play back movie clips on his...
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Saturday, February 28, 2004 Show 17 Last weekend in February and it looks like it’s going to be beautiful outside. Bring your radio with you as we talk tech from noon to 3p today on KFI AM 640 Los Angeles. Today’s poll question: After Bill Gates spoke at the RSA Security convention this week, even hardened anti-Microsoft security pros were saying that Bill finally gets it, and that spam, viruses, trojans, and hacks were on their way out. Does Microsoft finally get it? Will Windows ever be...
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Saturday, June 25, 2005 Show #155 toc | toc Today’s news items Why are big companies using spyware to invade your computer? According to USA Today companies like Capital One Financial, Sprint, and JC Penny’s are using questionable marketing techniques to flog their products. The next big thing in laptops? Solid-state hard drives. Samsung has been talking up its 16GB flash drive and says it has plans to expand to 100GB “in a couple of years.” With relatively high speed, low power...
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Sunday, August 14, 2005 Show # 170 toc | toc Today’s news items AOL is giving away a Hummer2 and $100,000 worth of gold bars ? They’re from a 20-year-old spammer that AOL prosecuted. As part of the settlement AOL got the goods, and now they’re having a drawing to give them away. Ends August 19. (the sign up is here but I’d sure like to see a privacy policy before I give them my email address and phone number.) A mobile phone virus infected the stadium at the World Athletic Championships...
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Saturday , March 19, 2005 Show #127 NOTE: I’m doing it again. I’ll continue to answer calls after 2p tomorrow. I’m taping ahead for my vacation in April. toc | toc Today’s news items More than one million computers on the Net have been hijacked to attack Web sites and send out spam and viruses. This is according to a report by security researchers who have spent months tracking over 100 networks of remotely-controlled machines. Britain’s National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has...
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 Show #124 NOTE: I’ll continue to answer calls after 2p today. We’re recording ahead for an upcoming vacation. Please help me out! Keep calling 1–800–520–1534 from 2–4p. Thanks! If you’re in Northern California attend the Scleroderma Benefit at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Sunday, March 13. Mary Sue and Susan will be cooking. Tom Arnold, Dana Carvey, Bob Saget and Train will perform. toc | toc Today’s news items Now it comes out that this wasn’t the...
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 Show #34 Thanks once again to Mike Larson, our recording secretary for this edition of The Show Notes. In this show… Dorothy from Mission Viejo Tony from Orange Jason in Colorado Guy in Long Beach Chuck from Apple Valley Carol in Redlands Rich in South Dakota Jack in La Mirada Carl from England Jim from Fallbrook Dorothy from Mission Viejo switched from Mac to PC and needs an easy way to transfer her files Saving files as RTF documents will allow you to get a clean...
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Sunday, April 18, 2004 Show 32 Sunday afternoon coming down. Join the party noon to 3p today on KFI. Here are some of the things we talked about on the show today. Thanks to Michael Larson for taking notes this weekend. I’ll flesh these things out in the next couple of days. Amazon’s new search engine that incorporates Google is A9 at www.a9.com . Ed in Las Palma wants to know if Service Pack 2 will be available free for XP users? It sure will when it’s available later this summer. SP-2...
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Saturday, July 3, 2004 Show #53 It’s Independence Weekend on KFI! Celebrate your Independence by talking tech with me at 1–800–520–1KFI. On this page… Noon-1p Chuck from Vista Mark in Maryland Chuck in Winnetka 1-2p Sheri in Rancho Cucamonga Greg in City of Industry Greg in Anaheim John in New Jersey Frank in San Diego 2-3p Max in Brea Scott in Victorville Henry in Riverside Irmalinda in Santa Paula Show Archives Noon-1p Chuck from Vista has a number of reels of 16 mm film from his...
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Saturday, August 28, 2004 Show #69 toc | toc Today’s news items Longhorn will be out in late 2006 - minus the new databasing file system and other features. The new iMacs are almost here ! (Are these leaked images of the new G5 iMac or a LCD or a Plasma TV or a Photoshopped Apple Display… you decide!) Dan says: these pics were a hoax , it was just a Lacie display in a powerbook box. Just when you thought you were ready for Doom 3, Half-Life 2 goes gold on Moday. Dan says: yep, that one’s...
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Saturday, November 20, 2004 Show #93 My family and I had such a good time on MacMania III, we’re doing it again. Yes it’s a Baltic Blast cruise combining MacMania 3.5 and the Northern Light digital photography workshop! Join Steve Wozniak, David Pogue, Chris Breen, and me June 30-July 10, 2005 as we cruise the Baltic with Geek Cruises aboard Holland America’s beautiful brand new Westerdam . We’ll be visiting Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Estonia, Berlin, and more...
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Saturday , February 26, 2005 Show #121 Back in the Leoville Labs today. NOTE: If you’d like to add to the show notes, great! Please don’t sit in the web-based editor, though. When you save it will erase others’ work. It’s best to create and edit your comments in Notepad or some other local text editor then paste them into the wiki, quickly. Thanks! toc | toc Today’s news items Here are the stories I’ll talk about in the show today. For more tech news visit my blog . We’ll talk...
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Sunday, July 10, 2005 Show #160 toc | toc 11a-Noon Seg 1: 10:43 Don in Rancho Cucamonga - DVD recorders camcorderinfo.com Scott in Los Angeles - using Remote Desktop with a router You’ll have to open some ports. Read this article . Seg 2: 5:14 Matthew in Charlotte, NC - restore hibernate You can also change from ACPI to Standard PC in you device manager. 1: press Windowskey + Pausebreak to enter system properties. 2: Open ‘hardware’ tab. 3: Click ‘Device manager’ 4: Click on the +...
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Sunday, May 1, 2005 Show #140 toc | toc Happy May Day! Today’s news items One thing you won’t be able to buy in Apple Stores is a “Dummies” book . Apple CEO Steve Jobs is feuding with the publisher over an unauthorized biography called iCon Steve Jobs . Jobs pulled all titles published by Wiley and Sons from his stores in retaliation. Digital music service RealNetworks will let people listen to 25 songs a month (or one song 25 times) for free as part of its strategy to lure customers...
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Saturday, March 26, 2005 Show #129 toc | toc This Week In the News The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the MGM vs. Grokster case. At stake, whether Grokster and Morpheus are legally liable for copyright violations that occur on their services. The http://www.riaa.com/news\newsletter\012505.asp Recording and Motion Picture industries , Bush Administration, Christian Coalition, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and the Dixie Chicks have all filed briefs ( PDF ) in favor of MGM’s case....
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Saturday, July 2, 2005 Show #157 toc | toc Today’s news items 11a-Noon Seg 1 10:15 Susan in LA - GPS nav Garmin StreetPilot C330 Good call, Leo. I believe the Garmin StreetPilot c320/330/340 series is probably the easiest to use of all the in-car GPS units — a pleasant surprise since Garmin also makes some of the most complicated-to-use units. Both the c330 and the new c340 (available August — adds traffic and “text-to-voice” capabilities) have internal hard disks with all maps for...
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Saturday, May 14, 2005 Show #143 On today’s show: A serious vulnerability in Apple’s new Mac OS X Tiger, and an easy way to block it. Nuclear batteries in your cell phone? It’s what’s next . BenListening says : Avant-Batteries.com is my favorite place for spare/replacement batteries for my consumer electronics. They had the best deal on the camera battery I needed & shipping was fast & the new battery performed better than the one that came with the camera ever did! If you think...
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Sunday, February 22, 2004 Show 16 Coming up today… My “moblog” is online at leoville.textamerica.com . Checkout TextAmerica’s main site for all sorts of interesting moblie phone photo albums, including the San Diego fire archives . Steve in Irvine has a two year old Dell that won’t boot, but he does get POST codes: a series of beeps designed to tell you what’s wrong when it’s so bad that the computer can’t communicate with you on the screen. The wonderful PC Guide has a list of...
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Saturday, April 16, 2005 Show #135 I got this email the other day - I thought I’d pass it along. I haven’t tried the procedure but it might be worth checking into for folks who are experiencing slow downs after installing SP-2… Bradley from Sydney, Australia writes: ‘I work in a call center working on the service pack 2 technical support contract for Microsoft. I have noticed you have gotten a few questions about windows xp being slow afer upgrading to SP2. Yes a lot of the times it is...
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Saturday, January 15, 2005 Show #109 Today: Coverage of MacWorld Expo toc | toc Today’s news items This week’s big story is, of course, MacWorld Expo . Apple announced four new products on Tuesday. The Mac mini , the iPod Shuffle , a revision to the programs in their iLife suite , and a new word processor called Pages and an update to its presentation program, Keynote, that will be part of the iWork . But where’s the iProduct ? And here’s a rebuttal . Apple is suing a 19-year-old...
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Saturday, Februrary 5, 2005 Show #115 In this show… Today’s news items Mike_B’s trivia question of the day 11a-Noon Beverly in Brea - saving video tapes to DVD Bob in San Diego - future of PDAs Sean in Oceanside - hacking DISH Noon-1p Alan in Arizona - mmtask.dll issue with AVG and Win98 SE Reb in Los Angeles - Tivo standalone or from DirecTV Mel in San Bernadino - crashed hard drive Walter in Burbank - DVD copy protection 1-2p Brian in La Habra - Mac vs PC Warren in West LA - wireless...
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 In today’s show… Tech News 11a-Noon Amy in Clairmont - Skype vs GoogleTalk John in Oakland - copying video to the vipod Larry in Bell - converting WAVs to MP3s Noon-1p Josh in Palmdale - viPod is good news for indy filmmakers Mark in Washington - do I have to buy all new software for Mac? Michael in Valley Village - upgrading to a mini Keith in Brea - keeps losing connection Dale in Palmdale - gaming on the mac 1-2p Brandon in Corona - Xbox drive is locked James...
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Sunday, May 15, 2005 On this show… Today’s news items Bob in Santa Ana - Wireless routers Mark in Santa Ana - locked address bar Jake - Firefox bookmarks disappear Paul - startup error Bruce - larger cluster sizes for video Don in Houston, TX - Belkin’s Pre-N is da bomb Noon-1p Matt in New Jersey - podcast production suggestions Steve in Corona - Larry in Manhattan Beach - slide show software Dean in Oceanside - getting video onto computer Alan in Studio City - upgrading to USB 2.0 Jay in...
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Saturday, November 19, 2005 On today’s show… New ideas for using your camera phone Tech News 11a-Noon Two HDMI devices - only one connector Jack in Florida - Hacking the Comcast DVR Patrick in New York - what’s the best Internet video format Noon-1p Jamie in Georgia - USB microphone sounds bad Daniel (Spokavriel) in Nevada - what kind of lenses are cell phone cameras using? Denise in Valencia - adding a DVD recorder for her Mac Bill in Los Angeles - headphone adapter that converts to mono...
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 Show #45 Time to talk tech. State Senator Debra Bowen , D-Redondo Beach joins us briefly in the 1p hour to talk about fighting spam and protecting privacy in the workplace. Tomorrow: Former Screen Saver, Megan Morrone , co-hosts with me! toc | toc Noon-1p David in Studio City wants to know if it’s worth upgrading his Sony Hi-8 camcorder to a digital video camera. Absolutely. The DV camcorders are much higher quality than the old analog cameras, even the Hi- 8...
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Saturday, June 19, 2004 Show #49 Live from Leoville Labs, it’s Saturday afternoon! Links and additional information from the show will appear here… in time. Don’t forget to download Total System Sweeper free from www.getprivatenow.com - use my name Leo. Cory Doctorow, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, gave a great speech on why copy protection doesn’t work, is bad for business and bad for society. Wish I could get everyone to read this . toc | toc Noon-1p Bob in Canoga Park is...
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Saturday , March 12, 2005 Show #125 toc | toc Today’s news items So long , Dan Rather. His last broadcast as anchor of the CBS Evening News was Wednesday. Bill Gates is still the world’s richest person according to Forbes. He’s worth $46.5 billion. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, with $7.2 billion apiece, beat out Yahoo founders David Filo and Jerry Yang, with $3.1 billion and $2.6 billion. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Martha Stewart joined the list as newly minted billionaires. How...
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Sunday, August 7, 2005 Show #168 toc | toc Today’s news items Windows Vista, one week old and already there are five viruses for it. Vista: Viral Infections, Spyware, Trojans, Adware. Expect new XP patches from Microsoft on Tuesday, some of them critical. Warner Music says online music sales saved its bottom line this quarter, outpacing the drop in CD sales. And Amazon says it will be getting into the act this fall. Yahoo has launched an audio search service that can find music across 16...
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Saturday, January 22, 2005 Show #111 Want to get my TV show back in the US? Visit www.callforhelptv.com and fill out the form ! (But be patient because the server is very busy right now thanks to all the interest.) All hail Eddie Deezen , the voice of the nerd in dozens of movies and cartoons. Who could forget this classic from War Games? Or this ? toc | toc Today’s news items Legal music downloads in the U.S. and Europe leaped tenfold in 2004 after demand surged for iPod digital players and...
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